Space News Archive
16 June 2015, 03:16 PM ET
Using clouds of glitter to reflect light could be a way of reducing the mass of telescopes that rockets need to heft into orbit, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests.
16 June 2015, 02:18 PM ET
A dead NASA satellite plunged out of space today and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere over the South Indian Ocean. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite fell from fell from orbit at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT).
16 June 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Methane, a potential sign of primitive life, has been found in meteorites from Mars, adding weight to the idea that life could live off methane on the Red Planet, researchers say.
16 June 2015, 11:01 AM ET
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
16 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The sun is constantly roiling with activity, and every so often, it ejects a huge cloud of magnetized gas particles. If these particles hit Earth, they can bring power grids, GPS navigation and communications to a standstill as they're blasted by electrom
16 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Growing dialogue and debate regarding Chinese and American space cooperation appear to look at how best to create an "open airlock" policy for Chinese astronauts to make trips to the International Space Station.
15 June 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Electrons from the surface of a comet, not photons from the sun, are responsible for the breakup of water and carbon dioxide molecules, according to new data from the Rosetta mission.
15 June 2015, 03:01 PM ET
Samantha Cristoforetti reads the classic book by Iza Trapani aboard the International Space Station. She uses props and windows to illustrate.
15 June 2015, 02:50 PM ET
Two tiny cubesats, the first NASA plans to send to another planet, will keep watch on the agency’s InSight mission as it descends to the Martian surface.
15 June 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft is nearing its uncontrolled re-entry, diving into the atmosphere in a destructive plunge next week.TRMM was a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
15 June 2015, 11:42 AM ET
Hannah John-Kamen (Dutch), Luke Macfarlane (D'avin) and Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis) star in the new series premiering on June 19th, 2015.
15 June 2015, 07:16 AM ET
An incredibly small and fantastically strange theoretical feature of the universe is too microscopic to see directly, so a team of scientists has instead looked for it by studying some of the brightest galaxies in the universe
15 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
To broaden support for space exploration, advocates should consider approaching religious groups – especially in settings that are familiar to that religion, a new study suggests.
14 June 2015, 08:50 AM ET
A European probe that made a bouncy landing on a comet last year and then slipped into an silent hibernation is alive again and phoning home. The Philae comet lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beamed its "alive" signal home on Saturday, June 13.
14 June 2015, 08:05 AM ET
See photos from NASA's New Horizons mission to explore the dwarf planet Pluto.
14 June 2015, 07:21 AM ET
As the hit HBO series 'Game of Thrones' wraps up its fifth season tonight, remember that you can see Aiden Gillen (who plays the weaselly Littlefinger) in a science fiction short film about the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.
13 June 2015, 10:13 AM ET
More than two dozen astronauts are landing under Seattle's Space Needle. The Museum of Flight launched "Astronauts on the Town," a public art program for its 50th anniversary.
13 June 2015, 10:09 AM ET
A robot designed to tunnel through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas could one day explore the underground oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa — an environment potentially habitable to life.
13 June 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Robot-toting teams faced off in a NASA contest this week to see which automaton has the right stuff for working on Mars or other locations in the solar system.
12 June 2015, 04:10 PM ET
A low-cost telescope that takes its inspiration from Galileo — the famed Italian astronomer who discovered the moons of Jupiter in the 16th century — is once again available to celebrate the United Nations 2015 International Year of Light.
12 June 2015, 03:11 PM ET
The many "faces" of Pluto are visible in new images by NASA's New Horizons probe, which is only one month away from the first-ever close encounter with the dwarf planet.
12 June 2015, 11:59 AM ET
"Lift-off! We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11..." It was with those words that Jack King, NASA's "Voice of Apollo," gave start to the first mission to land men on the moon. King died Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was 84.
12 June 2015, 11:05 AM ET
J.L. Pickering usually doesn't take kindly to books that claim "never before seen" NASA photos. One half of the team behind the new title "Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini," he's almost assuredly already seen them.
12 June 2015, 10:53 AM ET
Before a Soyuz space capsule returned NASA astronaut Terry Virts to Earth Thursday (June 11), he took time out in space to photograph the Earth below, capturing spectacular vistas of the Pyramids of Egypt, our home planet at night and what looked to be a
12 June 2015, 06:43 AM ET
The night sky features a swan, an eagle, a dove, a crane, a toucan, a peacock, a bird of paradise and even a mythical phoenix. And over toward the south as night falls during these late spring evenings is yet another: Corvus, the Crow.
12 June 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The area of our solar system where Mercury resides may once have held as many as four rocky planets. Violent collisions could have left it as the last survivor.
12 June 2015, 06:30 AM ET
At the 2015 World Science Festival, four prominent astrophysicists discussed one of the most troubling (and embarrassing) puzzles in modern physics, and whether a theory of multiple universes can hope to solve it.
12 June 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The new series "Dark Matter" centers on a spaceship crew of six people who wake up to find they have no idea who they are or how they got there. The show is based on a comic book by "Stargate" alumni Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and debuts tonight.
12 June 2015, 06:30 AM ET
A skywatcher's guide to the constellation Ursa Minor, also known as the Little Dipper or the Little Bear. Most people have never seen the Little Dipper, simply because most of its stars are too dim to be viewed through light-polluted skies.
11 June 2015, 06:19 PM ET
The website PornHub aims to raise $3.4 million via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo for a film that would feature Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins doing what comes naturally in suborbital space.
11 June 2015, 06:11 PM ET
The new science fiction TV series "Dark Matter," about six people who wake up on a spaceship with no memories, is packed full of mystery. The show's co-creator Joe Mallozzi talked with Space.com about what viewers can expect from the first season.
11 June 2015, 05:01 PM ET
The NASA probe's LORRI instrument snapped new imagery of the double planet from May 28th until June 3rd, 2015. The ice dwarfs' features are starting to come into focus.